On April 7, 2020, Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry to Mr. Johnson indicating that, on multiple occasions, he permitted or directed an unqualified person to conduct concrete pumper truck inspections. Further, the Notice of Inquiry indicated his inspection reports excluded an inspection scope and used vague and misleading language; that he did not maintain adequate records following the inspections or repairs; and that he did not provide adequate repair instructions or document repairs that were to be conducted following the inspections. Mr. Johnson agreed to a Consent Order in which he admitted to the charges provided in the Notice of Inquiry. His membership is suspended for 2 months beginning August 11, 2020; he agreed to undergo a Practice Review, and attend webinars on annual equipment inspections and the Organizational Quality Management Certification. He also agreed to pay $5,000 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s legal and investigation costs.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry to Lynn Johnson, P.Eng., on April 7, 2020, regarding his conduct related to inspections of a concrete pumper truck. The Notice of Inquiry indicates that on multiple occasions, Mr. Johnson permitted or directed an unqualified person to conduct concrete pumper truck inspections. The Notice of Inquiry also indicates that:
- his signed and sealed inspection reports did not contain a scope of inspection work;
- he used vague and misleading language to suggest that the inspection reports complied with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation when he knew or ought to have known they did not;
- he did not maintain adequate records of the inspections, including failing to maintain field notes, correspondence, notes of phone conversations, photographs, or other relevant materials;
- he did not provide adequate instructions following the inspections, including calculations, drawings, or other documentary instructions, on how to complete repairs, and did not ensure or document that the repairs were completed by a qualified person; and
- he did not seek or maintain adequate records of the required repairs.
Instead of proceeding to a disciplinary inquiry, Mr. Johnson agreed to a Consent Order, dated July 24, 2020. In the Consent Order, Mr. Johnson admitted to the charges listed in the Notice of Inquiry, and that his conduct violated section 20(9) of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, section 14(b)(1)-(3) of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Bylaws, and Principles 1 and 3 of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Code of Ethics, and the Occupation Health and Safety Regulation.
As part of the Consent Order, Mr. Johnson agreed that his membership will be suspended for 2 months, beginning August 11, 2020, and that, from July 24 to August 11, 2020, he will arrange for the transfer of his ongoing project files to other professional engineers and will limit his practice to those project files on which he was engaged. Further, Mr. Johnson agreed to attend Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s webinars on Professional Practice Guidelines: Annual Equipment Inspection and Certification and the Organization Quality Management Certification Training Session. Mr. Johnson also agreed that he will complete a practice review, conducted by Engineers and Geoscientists BC, at his expense, within 6 months of resuming practice. Finally, he will pay $5,000 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s legal and investigation costs.
The full text of the Consent Order can be found in the Disciplinary Notices section of our website, at egbc.ca/Complaints-Discipline/Discipline-Notices.
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